Of course, everything changed in 2020. I’m so grateful that we made it back to Oahu for Christmas, but getting there and staying there comfortably presented a brand new set of challenges and restrictions due to COVID. I had to adapt quickly and stay up-to date on the constant changes, and still find ways we could all enjoy the treasured holiday retreat uninterrupted. We implemented continuous COVID testing protocols based on CDC and local guidelines, I scoped out which businesses, services, and experiences were still open and safely available to us, and I prepared the house and staff to make sure we functioned at the highest levels of health and safety at all times.
Even as we’re looking forward to recovering from the pandemic, Oahu is still not completely open. I’m constantly updating my lists and information so our members can access the best Oahu has to offer!
First, finding the right vacation home right now is key. I have amazing relationships with local realtors who always find the perfect fit – Lanikai Beach is our go-to and this gem is a favorite, or you can stay in this gorgeous house closer to downtown! If you want more private, untapped space you can try Ko Olina, where the Four Seasons and Disney’s Aulani Resort are open.
I’m happy to report that some of the best restaurants and eateries are beginning to safely re-open including lots of my favorites on the list below. But since dining out is still limited right now, I can recommend a talented chef to make sure our members are deliciously well fed. I can also point members to markets for fresh foods and local produce (Down to Earth is the BEST!).
All of my recommendations are based on my depth of knowledge, my resources, and the experiences from the White House up to now.
There is so much beauty and culinary excitement in Oahu that I want to share. When I travel to Hawaii these are my things – where I like to stay, eat, and sing Hawaiian Christmas songs at the top of my lungs. I am so excited to share the ohana spirit with our members and use all my experience and knowledge to help them discover their favorite Oahu.